Kale Lasagna Recipe

Lasagna is a weekly staple in our households. This layered casserole is a great way to get in all the components of a meal into one dish: noodles, vegetables, protein, and lots of flavor, making it ideal for weeknight meals or events where you need to feed a crowd. Whether it is a classic lasagna bolognese or a unique buffalo chicken lasagna, we love them all.

Miriam Hahn, recipe developer and health coach, brings us this veggie-packed kale lasagna to sneak in extra veggies. Not only does this lasagna contain kale, but it also has a large serving of sautéed mushrooms in it, contributing to its hearty feel. If you want, you can also add in meat of your choice, like ground beef or turkey. Hahn just recommends to "cook it on the stove and add it to the sauce" layer. Leftovers last for about four days in the fridge, so you and your family can enjoy leftover lasagna throughout the week!

Gather your ingredients for kale lasagna

To make this scrumptious kale lasagna, we need to start by gathering ingredients. You will need lasagna noodles, oil, kale, mushrooms, garlic, ricotta cheese, shredded mozzarella cheese, an egg white, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and a jar of marinara sauce. If you want to add in extra veggies, Hahn recommends adding in "red peppers, zucchini, or asparagus." If you do not have kale, Hahn mentions that you can "swap spinach for kale", but ensure that you use 10 cups of spinach as the spinach will wilt down more.

Cook the noodles and strip the kale

Now, let's dive in. Bring a big pot of water to a boil. Boil the lasagna noodles according to package directions, then drain the water and set the noodles aside. If you are using no-boil lasagna noodles, you can skip this step. Now, it is time to strip the kale. Using your hands, carefully remove the kale leaves from the stems. Then slice the kale leaves into slivers. In total, you should end up with about 6 cups of kale leaves.

Sauté the garlic, mushrooms, and kale

Next up, we will sauté our garlic and mushrooms. In a large skillet over medium heat, add oil. Once oil is hot, add the garlic and mushrooms. Sauté for about five minutes, to allow the mushrooms to cook down. Then, add in the thinly sliced kale leaves. Stir well and lower heat to low. Continue to sauté for another five minutes until the kale has wilted down and gotten deeper in color.

Create the cheese filling

Now, grab a medium bowl to assemble the lasagna filling. In the bowl, add the ricotta cheese, 1 cup of the shredded mozzarella cheese, one egg white, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Using a large wooden spoon, stir well until this mixture is combined. Preheat the oven to 350 F, then spray a large 9x13-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray, to ensure the lasagna does not stick to the dish. This will make cleanup much easier!

Layer the lasagna

To layer the lasagna, add ¾ cup of the marinara sauce to the bottom of the prepared baking dish and spread it out evenly with the back of a spoon. Then, on top of the sauce, add three lasagna noodles. Top the noodles with half of the cheese filling mixture. Spread this out evenly with the back of a spoon. Add the sautéed veggies on top of the filling. Create another layer of sauce, topped by another layer of noodles, cheese, and veggies. Top with the final layer of noodles and the remaining marinara sauce.

Bake the lasagna and serve

Cover the baking dish with foil and bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes. Once the time is up, remove the baking dish from the oven and discard of the foil. Top the lasagna with the remaining shredded mozzarella cheese and return the baking dish to the oven. Allow it to cook uncovered for another five minutes, until the cheese has melted. After the cheese is melted, remove the lasagna from the oven and top with chopped parsley, if desired. Just like that, you have a cheesy, hearty lasagna with a good helping of vegetables — a simple but timeless meal!

Kale Lasagna Recipe
5 from 39 ratings
Loaded with cheese and vegetables, this kale lasagna is a wonderful dinner option for the vegetarian family.
Prep Time
10
minutes
Cook Time
1
hour
Servings
12
servings
lasagna single serving
Total time: 1.17 hours
Ingredients
  • 9 lasagna noodles
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 bunch (6 cups) kale, destemmed
  • 6 cups mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 16 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 1 ½ cups mozzarella cheese
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 jar (25 ½ ounces) marinara sauce
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Cook the lasagna noodles according to package, and consider cooking extra in case some noodles break.
  3. Strip the kale from the stems and cut into slivers.
  4. Add oil to a frying pan and add the garlic and mushrooms. Cook for 5 minutes until the mushrooms are reduced in size, then add in the kale. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook for 5 minutes.
  5. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, 1 cup of the mozzarella, the egg white, salt, garlic powder, and pepper.
  6. Spray a 9x13-inch baking dish with cooking spray and add ¾ cup of the sauce to the bottom. Spread evenly.
  7. Lay out 3 lasagna noodles, then half of the cheese mixture, then half of the kale mixture. Now repeat the layers with sauce, noodles, cheese mixture, and kale mixture. End with 3 more noodles and the remaining sauce.
  8. Cover the lasagna with foil and bake for 45 minutes. Then, add the remaining mozzarella cheese and bake 5 more minutes.
  9. Top with parsley if desired and serve.
Nutrition
Calories per Serving 270
Total Fat 15.4 g
Saturated Fat 8.4 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 49.4 mg
Total Carbohydrates 18.1 g
Dietary Fiber 2.2 g
Total Sugars 5.0 g
Sodium 524.2 mg
Protein 15.5 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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